Consanguinity And Reproductive Health Among Muslims

Schematic representation of consanguineous marriage rates worldwide

Consanguinity is the quality of being descended from the same ancestor as another person and so a consanguineous marriage refers to the union between biologically-related individuals. In this article I will be focusing on marriages between couples who are related as second cousins or closer which is a custom practiced in almost all Muslim lands (1).

Although consanguineous marriages have been practiced for as long as humans have existed, in modern times some of the highest rates of consanguineous marriages, and specifically first cousin marriages, occur in Muslim countries (2). The map above is a schematic representation of consanguineous marriage rates worldwide (adapted from Table 1 - click on map for larger view). Only second-cousin and closer marriages are represented. The darker the color the higher the rate of consanguinity.

And yes, in some Muslim countries more than 50% of the marriages are between second and first cousins. For example, Dr. Roger Ballard, Director of the Centre for Applied South Asian Studies in the UK, estimates that in Pakistan’s Mirpur district, "over 60% of all Mirpuri marriages are contracted between first cousins.” [Migration and kinship: the differential effect of marriage rules on the processes of Punjabi migration to Britain PDF]

Some of my readers will ask me why I even give a flying f*ck about Muslims inbreeding - why should it bother me? So what if the marriages produce genetically diseased children, what business is that of mine?

To tell you the truth, if Muslims stayed in their own countries, I couldn't care less. However, they don't stay in their own countries and so eventually I will pay for that inbreeding and the cost of taking care of their diseased children. For example, research in 2005 showed Pakistani families produced an alarming 30% of the UK's genetically diseased children, 13 times more than the general population (3).

It is bad enough that the rest of non-Muslim society has to pay for their cultural preferences but in addition such marriages inhibit Muslim assimilation into their host countries (4), keeping the couples in their own cultural ghetto and eventually turning them into future powder-kegs.

Islam, with its intolerance of non-Muslims and primitive savage traditions, is bad enough, but Muslim marriage customs bring disease and alienation into the mix. Is it any wonder that the former President of Pakistan called his fellow Muslims, "... the poorest, the most illiterate, the most backward, the most unhealthy, the most un-enlightened, the most deprived, and the weakest of all the human race."

Other blog articles on Muslim inbreeding:

Info on Islam: Inbreeding, Incest and Cousin Marriage in Islam

1389 Blog - Counterjihad!: Islam and Genetic Damage

Discover Magazine: The individual & social risks of cousin marriage

Culture Wars Right Side News: Muslim Inbreeding: Impacts on intelligence, sanity, health and society

The Mindset: Why are Muslims so stupid?


(1):, 8 Oct 2009, Consanguinity and reproductive health among Arabs

In clinical genetics, a consanguineous marriage means union between couples who are related as second cousins or closer [1,2]. Among Arabs, this would include double first cousins, first cousins, first cousins once removed, and second cousins. Uncle-niece marriage is prohibited in Islam and so is absent among Arabs. In population genetics, consanguinity may also refer to unions of individuals with at least one common ancestor such as those occurring within population isolates, small towns, and tribes; intra-community or endogamous marriages. The custom of endogamy among individuals belonging to the same tribe (hamula or kabeela) is and has been strongly favored among Arabs, with the consequence of unequal distribution of founder mutations among the population.

(2):, 8 Oct 2009, Consanguinity and reproductive health among Arabs

Consanguineous marriages have been practiced since the early existence of modern humans. Until now consanguinity is widely practiced in several global communities with variable rates depending on religion, culture, and geography. Arab populations have a long tradition of consanguinity due to socio-cultural factors. Many Arab countries display some of the highest rates of consanguineous marriages in the world, and specifically first cousin marriages which may reach 25-30% of all marriages. In some countries like Qatar, Yemen, and UAE, consanguinity rates are increasing in the current generation.


Times of India, 17 Nov 2005, Ban UK Pakistanis from marrying cousins

Britain's huge Pakistani community should be legally prevented from marrying first cousins, a Labour Party MP has declared, after new research showed Pakistani families produced an alarming 30% of the UK's genetically diseased children.

The research, conducted by the BBC and broadcast to a shocked nation on Tuesday, found that at least 55% of the community was married to a first cousin.

This is thought to be linked to the probability that a British Pakistani family is at least 13 times more likely than the general population to have children with recessive genetic disorders.


National Review Online, 22 Mar 2007, Assimilation Studies, Part II

The practice of cousin marriage among Pakistani immigrants has significantly slowed Muslim assimilation in Britain. Muslim cousin marriage has also facilitated a process of “reverse colonization,” in which large, culturally intact sections of Pakistani Muslim society have been effectively transferred to British soil.


For the greater part of human history, the political, cultural, and economic aspects of a person’s life have been inseparably bound up with customs of marriage and descent. Contemporary Muslim society is very much a part of that history. So when we learn that a high proportion of British Muslims are marrying kin, it’s not only interesting as a statistic about marriage itself, but is also a sign that many aspects of Muslim social life in Britain are being shaped and organized by the obligations of kinship.

(Table 1):, 8 Oct 2009, Consanguinity and reproductive health among Arabs

CountryRate of Consanguinity
Egypt (Nubia)60.5-80.4
Saudi Arabia42.1-66.7
United Arab Emirates40-54.2

### End of my article ###

Bloggers: For non-commercial use you may repost this article without asking permission - read how.

Related Posts with Thumbnails

View My Stats
qr code